Stephen Brashear/Getty ImagesThe Seattle Mariners and managerScott Servais have reached an agreement on a multiyear extension.The team announced the move Friday as the second half of the MLB season gets underway. General managerJerry Dipoto issued a statement:Seattle Mariners MarinersJerry Dipoto on the extension for Scott Servais: NAsECZX5gUServais has become the franchise's fourth-winningest manager since taking over ahead of the 2016 season. He has gone 222-199 (.527) in two-plus seasons on the job Yonder Alonso Jersey
, and while he hasn't yet been able to snap the organization's long playoff drought, he has had his team in contention.The Mariners battled for a playoff spot until the eve of the regular-season finale in 2016. They finished in third place in the American League West last year with a record of 78-84.This year, though, the 51-year-old skipper has his club in position to make the postseason for the first time since 2001.Seattle enters the second half at 58-39. While they trail the Houston Astros by five games in the AL West http://www.indiansfanproshop.com/authentic-jose-ramirez-jersey
, the Mariners hold a three-game lead in the race for the second wild-card spot. Servais deserves some credit for the success.The Mariners have continued to pile up wins even without key players. All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano wassuspendedfor 80 games in May, while pitchers Felix Hernandez (the 2010AL Cy Young winner)and James Paxton (who threw a no-hitter in May) are both on the disabled list.Seattle still has to battle for a playoff spot, but Servais can now do so without feeling as though he's managing for his job down the stretch. A look at what’s happening around the majors today:HAPPY HOLLIDAYMatt Holliday takes aim at getting his first hit of the season. The 38-year-old outfielder returned to the Rockies on Thursday for the first time in a decade and went 0 for 3 against San Diego. The seven-time All-Star signed a minor league deal last month after hitting .231 with 19 home runs for the Yankees last year. Colorado hosts St. Louis this weekend.“I’m grateful to be back,” said Holliday Bradley Zimmer Jersey
, who hit .319 with 128 homers for the Rockies from 2004-08.CHECK HIMThe Red Sox will see how first baseman Mitch Moreland is feeling, a day after he bruised his left knee sliding near a photo pit chasing a foul popup at Fenway Park. Moreland left the game soon after that.Moreland, who had knee trouble earlier this year, is hitting .259 with 15 home runs and 66 RBIs for the team with the best record in the majors. He was an All-Star for the first time this season. Boston plays at Tampa Bay over the weekend.EASY http://www.indiansfanproshop.com/authentic-brandon-guyer-jersey
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, and has struck out 158 times in 386 at-bats this year.“For me, I want to finish up strong. I want to work on some things and go into the offseason with a head of steam,” he said.SLUMPINGTigers rookie Mike Gerber is in an 0-for-30 slump, striking out 17 times in that span. The 26-year-old outfielder got four hits in his first 12 at-bats after making his major league debut this season http://www.indiansfanproshop.com/authentic-josh-tomlin-jersey
, but nothing since. Detroit continues its home series this weekend against the White Sox.